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Minolta's PCT-100 Flash Adapter shown on the DiMAGE 5/7 series camera body. Courtesy of Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Minolta expands DiMAGE 5/7 flash capabilities!
(Monday, November 19, 2001 - 11:23 EST)

New PCT-100 PC Flash Adapter allows Minolta's SLR-style cameras to control studio lighting systems and more...

Regular readers of our reviews will know that we like to see digital cameras offer more than just proprietary connections for external flash - many photographers have existing flash units that they like or are familiar with, not to mention studio flash systems and the suchlike. Minolta has addressed this issue for their DiMAGE 5 and 7-series digital cameras with the announcement of a new accessory, the PCT-100 PC flash adapter.

The PCT-100 mounts on the proprietary Minolta hot shoe the cameras feature, and offers a standard PC flash terminal compatible with both center-negative and center-positive polarities, which allows the camera to trigger a third-party flash, or a studio lighting system.

The PCT-100 PC Flash Adapter, which weighs 1.1 ounces (30 grams), and has dimensions of 1.3 x 0.6 x 2 inches (33 x 16 x 52mm), is pictured below. It is powered by a single CR2032 3V lithium battery, which provides for 10,000+ shutter releases, and comes bundled with a free update CD-ROM for DiMAGE 5 / 7 owners. Minolta's press info doesn't mention pricing or availability, and we couldn't see any mention of the adapter on the Minolta website. Once we have this info, we'll update this news item...

Minolta's PCT-100 Flash Adapter, shown mounted on a DiMAGE 5/7 series camera body. Courtesy of Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins.
Minolta's PCT-100 Flash Adapter, shown mounted on a DiMAGE 5/7 series camera body.

Source: Minolta Corp.

Original Source Press Release:


The Minolta PCT-100 flash adapter expands the versatility of Minolta's DiMAGE 7 and DiMAGE 5 digital cameras

Ramsey, NJ (November 16, 2001) - Professional and advanced photographers will now have access to high quality lighting for their digital imaging needs with the introduction of the PC Flash Adapter PCT-100 from Minolta Corporation.

"The development of Minolta's PC Flash Adapter PCT-100 offers photographers using the Minolta DiMAGE 7 and DiMAGE 5 digital cameras the ability to connect to professional studio and location flash systems," said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president, digital imaging products, Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products Group. "Now more than ever, the DiMAGE family of Minolta digital cameras provides virtually everything that a photographer could possibly want."

The self-powered PC Flash Adapter slides into the DiMAGE 7 and the DiMAGE 5 accessory shoe and the flash's PC cord plugs into the adapter's standard PC terminal. Designed for center-negative and center-positive polarities, the PC Flash Adapter PCT-100 is compatible with most studio and location lighting systems.

Minolta DiMAGE 7 and DiMAGE 5
The new Single-Lens Reflex (SLR)-type Minolta DiMAGE 7 (5.0 megapixel effective) and DiMAGE 5 (3.2 megapixel effective) digital cameras feature 7x optical and 2x digital zoom, as well as macro capabilities.

Fundamental to the design of these new cameras are core technologies of ultra high resolution apochromatic lenses (Minolta GT LENS), Minolta's innovative CxProcess(TM) Image Processing System, plus a high speed Large Scale Integration (LSI) chip for quick response and operation and the world's first Flex Focus Point autofocus control, which enhances creative picture-taking.

The new DiMAGE 7 and DiMAGE 5 feature Minolta's new technological developments designed to provide high-quality images as well as a wide array of digital functions for creative photography. Many advanced features that were found only on high-end professional digital cameras are now offered at more affordable prices. The DiMAGE 7 is equipped with a 2/3 inch-type CCD with a total of 5.24 million pixels. The DiMAGE 5 features a 1/1.8 inch-type CCD with a total of 3.34 million pixels.

Both digital cameras feature a lightweight magnesium alloy body and built-in flash. These cameras also take advantage of Minolta's acclaimed ADI (Advanced Distance Integration) flash metering when used in conjunction with Minolta's Program Flash 5600HS (D) and 3600HS (D).

Minolta Corporation
Minolta Corporation, headquartered in Ramsey, New Jersey, is the largest subsidiary of Minolta Co. Ltd. of Osaka, Japan, a leading manufacturer of cameras, business equipment, radiometric instruments and planetariums. Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products Group (CPG) markets 35 mm film and Advanced Photo System cameras, digital cameras, binoculars, accessory lenses, photographic light meters, 35mm and Advanced Photo System film scanners and other consumer products. Minolta is the exclusive distributor of Cokin filters.

The corporation's Business Products Group (BPG) markets digital and analog office equipment. Products include black-and-white copiers, digital black and white printer/copiers, plain-paper laser facsimile machines, digital color printer/copiers, micrographic systems, document management software, and related office equipment.

For more information, visit Minolta's Web site located at www.minoltausa.com or access Minolta's PHOTOFAX at 800-528-4767.

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